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Cougars among the flock

"Cougars among the flock" Continued...

Issue: "Too close to call," Oct. 28, 2006

WORLD: Why did we move from a "melting pot" emphasis to our current "tossed salad" thinking?

DYKSTRA: The jettisoning of our historic melting pot concept, (E Pluribus Unum-"out of many one"), has taken place because of our uncritical acceptance of multiculturalism. George Will recently wrote of "the sacramental nature of multiculturalism." The belief that no culture is superior to another is an assertion that needs to be challenged and not merely accepted. The roots of multiculturalism are Marxist, and the degree to which it has been accepted is frightening. The current "tossed salad" alternative to the "melting pot" will only lead to more and more fragmentation of society.

WORLD: When countries don't require immigrants to assimilate, what is likely to happen?

DYKSTRA: I guess that depends on the immigrants. If they are peaceful and law-abiding, then assimilation is bound to take place over time. If they arrive determined not to assimilate and determined to overthrow their host country, then that is a grave danger. This is precisely what we are facing with Islamists, and they are open and frank in admitting it. The clear goal of Islamists is the establishment of totalitarian theocracies. Their ultimate goal is the establishment of a borderless Islamic caliphate. Our policies in the West should be toward requiring assimilation into our common culture and opposing the dangerous policies of allowing immigrants to live in host countries separate from the overarching culture. We should begin by challenging the assumptions of multiculturalism.

WORLD: Should our immigration policies distinguish between immigrants from Latin America who often come with some kind of Christian background and those from Muslim countries?

DYKSTRA: Yes. I think this distinction is behind the papacy's opposition to Turkey's admission into the European Union. It is a wise distinction. More and more Turkey is being recognized as a country whose laws (like their infamous Article 301) are in opposition to Western freedoms. It is not Latin Americans who become violent about the publication of cartoons or the quotation of a Byzantine emperor. Remember that when the pope quoted Manuel II Paleologus, a nun was murdered and churches were torched. Our immigration policies should distinguish between people who are a threat to the tranquility for which we are to pray (1 Timothy 2:1-2), and those who are not. Pressure should be brought to bear on elected or appointed officials who are opposed to ideological exclusion in an age of Islamism.

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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